County school board supports bonuses

Stipends would be given to some veteran teachers

February 18, 1999|By Howard Libit | Howard Libit,SUN STAFF

Baltimore County school board members indicated last night that they will support a plan to give $3,500 annual bonuses next year to 100 experienced teachers to work in low-performing schools that have high staff turnover.

Though some board members were critical of some details of the proposal, they said it's essential that pupils in those low-performing schools have the opportunity to work with the system's most experienced and talented teachers.

"This is a good foundation on which to build," said board member Phyllis Ettinger.

The discussion of the Educational Excellence in Teaching proposal took place during the school board's second and final work session on the superintendent's proposed operating budget for 1999-2000.

The $682.1 million budget proposed by Superintendent Anthony G. Marchione includes $350,000 to give extra stipends to the 100 teachers.

In the county -- like in other school systems -- schools with the most low-income pupils tend to suffer from having the most inexperienced teachers and the least stability in staff.

But the Baltimore County teachers union has objected to the plan, and several education experts have questioned whether extra money would be enough to persuade veteran teachers to work in those schools.

The union suggested that improving the conditions in those schools would be more effective -- something Marchione said also would be done.

"This is not going to solve the problem by itself," he said. "This is a multifaceted approach to deal with the turnover issue."

During last night's work session, officials identified the 23 schools they believe would be assigned the experienced teachers.

The elementary schools include Battle Grove, Chase, Colgate, Edgemere, Edmondson Heights, Halstead Academy, Hebbville, Johnnycake, Logan, McCormick, Riverview, Sandalwood, Scotts Branch, Shady Spring and Winfield.

The middle schools include Deer Park, Dundalk, Old Court, Southwest Academy and Woodlawn, and the three high schools are Woodlawn, Lansdowne and Milford Mill Academy.

Pub Date: 2/18/99

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